The 2012 Hampshire Care Association (HCA) & Hampshire Domiciliary Care Providers (HDCP) Awards that were held at a packed Botleigh Grange on Friday 30th November produced a stunning celebration of the dedicated commitment of the people who work in the care industry.
In a stark contrast to the dramatic reporting of rogue workers that cast a shadow over the industry, these care awards are a gift of the people whose relatives and loved ones who are either to frail or too ill to look after themselves and subsequently, need to rely upon the unsung heroes within our society that one day, we may all come to call and rely upon.
Nomination papers flooded into the offices of the Hampshire Care Association in Chandlers Ford. Approved Partners did the sifting of the nomination papers. Known as Care Market Place (CaMP) the Approver Partners provide products and services for the associations’ members. Local members of the Hampshire Police were also drafted in to judge the nominations. The task was a difficult one because of the high quality of the entrants and nominations which included heartfelt comments such as “thank you for bringing a smile to my dads face”, “a home from home”, “I know I am a person, not a client” and “ she consistently delivers outstanding care” were just a few of the comments received.
Guest of Honour was the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Hallum Mills who presented the awards. The High Sheriff mentioned in his speech that he too has an interest within the care industry as Chairman of the Stable Family Home Trust who works with people who have a learning disability, along with the fact that over the years, members of his own family had come to rely on the splendid care workers of Hampshire.
The categories and winners were as follows.
HCA Newcomer of 2012
Macaulay Clark of Whitehaven (winner)
Sarah Murphy of Whitehaven. (runner up)
HDCP Care Newcomer of 2012
Sally Webb of Caring Hands (winner)
Callum Brett of Forest Care (runner up)
HCA Care Manager of 2012.
Natasha Choto of Woodside Lodge (winner)
Karen Dixon of Saltmarsh (runner up).
HCA Hampshire Hero 2012
Trixie Humphries of St Ronans (winner)
Jan Chalk of Newtown NH (runner up).
HDCP Hampshire Hero 2012.
Carolyn Cousins of Forest Care (winner)
Sharon Carter of caring Hands (runner up).
HCA Carer of the Year 2012.
Louisa Clark of Whitehaven (winner)
Julie Azima of Forest Brow (runner up)
HDCP Care of the Year 2012.
Rachel Bailey of caring Hands (winner)
Valerie Cochart of Kivernall Care (runner up)
HCA Outstanding Contribution to Care 2012.
Sue Cox of Allenbrook (winner)
Trixie Humphrey (runner up)
HDCP Outstanding Contribution to Care 2012.
Janet Rickman of Forest care (winner)
Karen Munn of Caring Hands (runner up)
HCA Care team 2012.
Woodlands Care Home (winners)
Brackenlea Care Home (runners up)
HDCP Care Team 2012.
Karen Cawte & Linda Osman of Bluebird Care (winners)
Jaqui White & Lyndsey Smith of caring Hands (runners up)
A special lifetime Achievement Award was given to recognise the fifty years of commitment and dedication of Jenny Taylor RGN who is due to retire next year. Jenny who is Nursing Director at Contemplation Homes, Waterlooville, started her career at the age of seventeen at the highly respected Edinburgh Infirmary. Her training earned her the much prized Pelican Badge in 1967. The pelican was chosen to represent the charity and self-sacrifice of nurses, pelicans being known to feed their young from their own blood.
Entertainment was provided by pianist and comedian, Matt Black who over 20 years, has entertained royalty and also played at Elton Johns wedding along with venues such as business conferences, corperate dinners and bikers rallies as well as playing live gigs locally across the south of England.